Anthony Forg's picture
Posted by: Anthony Forg | April 21, 2013

Darkseid takes on the Justice League

Thanks for posting! I missed out on it on ebay, where they didn't have a great scan listed. Nice to see Kirby's Darkseid fighting the Justice League. Any idea which parts Bill inked?

Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | April 21, 2013

Re: Bill inking

I don't have any information on what he inked. Comics.org lists him as assist. See http://www.comics.org/issue/40399/

stephenartist's picture
Posted by: stephenartist | April 21, 2013

the red lines

I couldn't figure out what those red lines were for...I googled the cover and I guess they were to indicate highlites for coloring... why would highlites be done AFTER the coloring though?

Erik Larsen's picture
Posted by: Erik Larsen | April 14, 2016

That's NOT how that works.

The redlines were done BEFORE the coloring and used as a guide to indicate where highlights belonged. The red lines were removed for print.

Krackles's picture
Posted by: Krackles | October 18, 2016

2017 is looming in the corner…

… Will it bring some new art?

patrick ford's picture
Posted by: patrick ford | May 25, 2013

I'd love to see the pencils

I'd love to see the pencils for this piece.

Rand HOPPE's picture
Posted by: Rand HOPPE | May 26, 2013

Voila

Enjoy

Frank Fosco's picture
Posted by: Frank Fosco | May 26, 2013

re: I'd love to see the pencils

Probably better than the inked version. Although this inked version looks pretty good.

If Jack could have used some help in this waning twilight of his career this was the time--and I don't think Theakston was the guy to help. I'm sure Greg had to work at the behest of DC and do what they wanted to make it more DC appropriate art wise.

The Darkseid Jack originally created in the Forth World doesn't look or seem like the same Darkseid in this Super Powers with that demeanor and facial expression with the one eye squinting and the other eye popping big--that was constantly being done throughout this series. "Stop making that face--you want your face to stay like that?"--as our mom's use to say.

patrick ford's picture
Posted by: patrick ford | May 26, 2013

It's the inkers who need

It's the inkers who need help.

Frank Fosco's picture
Posted by: Frank Fosco | May 26, 2013

re: It's the inkers who need

Hmm--may have something there, Pat.

As awkward as Jack's work was getting at this time I think his stuff could have been better served sticking closer to the pencils while fixing some things. Theakston took the Kirby out of Darkseid and I don't think it's for the better.

Krackles's picture
Posted by: Krackles | May 26, 2013

Dent All, Bite Me!

Theakston get it all wrong in trying to "fix" what needn't instead of just tightening some rough spots. He actually even made muddier the pencils lines he didn't "fix" like Kirby's squiggles on Darseid's helmet.

Lastly, who the hell instructed him to work on Darseid's dental rearrangement?
Pointless and destructive.

patrick ford's picture
Posted by: patrick ford | May 26, 2013

What always strikes me when

What always strikes me when looking at Kirby work from this time is the things he's interested in are well drawn and the characters he didn't create show Kirby's disinterest.
If only DC had given him an opportunity to work on what ever he would have had in mind and given him "human" deadlines.
Or they could have had Kirby write and supply very rough layouts. You look at how tight the Super Powers pencils are and wonder what was DC thinking, and what was the inker thinking.

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